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by | Aug 13, 2023 | Belief, Salvation

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NIV)

One evening as we were all going inside for the night, one of the baby goats let out a loud wail. My daughter went to investigate.

Mulan, one of our young kids was trapped on a bench in the barn. Mulan’s left hoof and ankle had slipped through one of the wooden slats. It seemed impossible that this could have happened, but it had. In trying to free herself she had also fallen off the edge of the bench and was dangling in the air, not being big enough to be able to touch the floor with her hind feet.

My family valiantly tried to free her but no amount of pressure or turning of the hoof and ankle worked. The only thing left to do was to cut the slat of wood that held her, from the bench seat. Once this was accomplished Mulan’s desperate situation was alleviated.

Like Mulan, human beings were also caught in a desperate situation spiritually after the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when they sinned. Nothing and no person could free them from the spiritual death sentence that their sin brought upon them and every subsequent human being thereafter. All of us were doomed, left dangling in a hopeless situation until Someone stepped in to save us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

Jesus can do what no other man or amount of work can do to save us. He and He alone can free us once and for all from the consequences and hold of sin that keeps us from eternal life in Heaven with Him. When we humble ourselves and confess our sin, believing in His power, and His alone to forgive and free us from our sin, past, present and future we are no longer left dangling, wondering about what comes after death on this earth, for the Lord has written through his disciple John:

“Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:10-12 NIV)

Something to think about.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that Jesus is able to do what no one or thing on this earth has power to do: save us from our sin and restore us into eternal relationship with You. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen.

Lynne Phipps
Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada


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